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2/26/19news article

Dayton Children’s president and CEO elected to two board of trustees

Deborah A. Feldman, president and CEO of Dayton Children’s Hospital, joins both the Children’s Hospital Association and the Ohio Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees for 2019. 

The Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) is the united voice of Ohio’s 237 hospitals and 13 health systems. Its Board of Trustees sets policy and strategic direction for matters affecting hospitals throughout Ohio. The board includes representatives from small and large hospitals, urban and rural hospitals, teaching facilities and independent facilities and health care systems. The board consists of four officers, the OHA president and CEO, and 12 trustees-at-large.

“OHA’s board adopted a new three-year strategic plan committing to advocacy, economic sustainability, and patient safety and health care quality as our organization’s leading priorities,” said Mike Abrams, OHA president and CEO. “In partnership with our member hospitals across Ohio, we saved more than 3,172 lives through our work to reduce sepsis mortality and launched a statewide opioid response initiative under the priorities OHA’s board identified in our previous plan. I am confident significant progress will continue to be made. The leadership and dedication of our board officers and trustees will be instrumental in guiding implementation of our strategic initiatives as new state policymakers take office next year.”

The Children’s Hospital Association is the national voice of more than 220 children’s hospitals, advancing child health through innovation in the quality, cost and delivery of care. With its members, the CHA champions policies that enable children’s hospitals to better serve children; leverages its position as the pediatric leader in data analytics to facilitate national collaborative and research efforts to improve performance; and spreads best practices to benefit the nation’s children.  The board consists of four officers and nine trustees.

"When I listen to policy debates on Capitol Hill and in our state capitals, children are not as much a part of the conversation as they should be. Keeping children healthy now is a wise investment for the future. In the current environment, however, funding for Medicaid and other resources that foster healthy development are being threatened," said Kurt Newman, MD, president and CEO of Children's National Health System in Washington, DC, and chair of the Board of Trustees of the Children's Hospital Association. "Children’s health should be a national priority that we address comprehensively. The value of prevention and early intervention to reduce the impact and cost of disease over a lifetime has been proven again and again. Good health starts in childhood."